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Lyon-Waugh BMW donates cars to PPD for community outreach

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Six months ago, the Police Department approached Lyon-Waugh BMW of Peabody with an interest in two of its vehicles. In response, the dealership recently donated a pair of its 2017 i3 models to the police. Police Chief Thomas Griffin said the new cars will be used in parades and for routine business rather than as patrol vehicles.

“They’re not frontline cars at all, they’re not made for that,” he said during the Aug. 14 donation event at the Leather City Commons. Griffin said the cars will be assigned to Officer Richard Cameron and Officer Richard Heath during the one-year lease period. “It’s a trial thing,” he said.

Griffin also said the new cars will help bolster the department’s community policing efforts, which have diminished in recent years. “We need to get back in touch with the community and this is a great way to start that conversation,” he said. “It’s going to be an attention-getter and a conversation-starter.”

Mayor Edward Bettencourt lauded Lyon-Waugh BMW for its continued generosity. “We’re very fortunate to have their business here in the city,” he said. “It’s very meaningful; this is very valuable and it will go to good use.”

Warren Waugh, co-owner of Lyon-Waugh BMW, said he does not want to see the city saddled with the expense of two new police cars. “This is a great opportunity; I didn’t see the city spending $42,000 for two BMWs,” he said. “It just made sense, I’ve tried to give back to the city for 25 years now.”

Waugh said the agreement was that he would pay for the lease and the city would pay for the insurance as well as maintenance and repair costs. “We got creative,” he said.

Speaking about the vehicles themselves, Waugh said the i3 was chosen for its visibility. “An i3 is a distinctive looking vehicle,” he said. “Electric vehicles are the wave of the future; this is BMW’s attempt at future transportation.”

Although the cars are electric, Waugh said they do carry a small gas tank in the event of an electrical failure. He also said that there are parts of the i3 that are literally biodegradable.

According to the BMW website, the starting price of an i3 is $42,500; it has a range of 180 miles per charge and weighs less than 3,000 pounds. Although not necessary for its use in Peabody, the vehicle sports a top speed of 93 miles per hour.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Middle school student gives mayor the “Buzz Off”

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Back in May, Mayor Edward Bettencourt told Alaina Hutchinson, a student at Higgins Middle School, that if she shaved her head for this year’s Buzz Off For Kids With Cancer, she could shave his head as well. Having kept up her end of the deal, Hutchinson, a rising seventh grade student, and her parents arrived at City Hall on Aug. 9 to take Bettencourt up on his offer.

“I just thought it would be nice, because there’s millions of kids out there with cancer,” said Hutchinson. “So many kids lose their hair to chemo [therapy] so I thought it be nice to donate my hair so that they can wear it as a wig and actually have hair.”

Bettencourt said her involvement with the Buzz Off has been an inspiration, adding that Hutchinson had also participated in last year’s Buzz Off.

Bettencourt also said his children were excited to see the finished product. “My kids can’t wait to see me without hair,” he said. “It’s been about 35 years since I had my head shaved.”

Despite being slightly timid initially, Hutchinson quickly became comfortable with the task at hand. As Hutchinson proceeded, mayoral Chief of Staff Christopher Ryder complemented Bettencourt on not having any gray hair.

However, Bettencourt assured him that those days are not far away. “I know the grays are coming, between this job and my daughter who just turned 13,” he said.

Bettencourt’s head was not shaved completely bald as Hutchinson left him with a military-style haircut.

According to buzzforkids.org, 4,890 individuals have had their heads shaved for the charity since 2010. The Buzz Off has also raised $5.7 million and provided support for 7,000 patients and their families.

The annual event is hosted in June by One Mission, a charity for pediatric cancer founded by Ari and Ashley Haseotes. At the tender age of seven months, their son had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. During the family’s six long months at Boston Children’s Hospital, they decided to form an organization that would “make life easier for pediatric cancer patients and their families.” As a result of the care provided by Children’s, their son survived the ordeal and has remained cancer-free.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Peter Bakula: Candidate for Peabody Councillor-at-Large

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What’s your personal background?

I am a 4th generation, life-long resident of Peabody, and have always been interested in current events, government and politics.

Tell us about your family?

My wife, Karen, and our cat, Flowers; I also have many extended family members throughout the city.

What’s your education (high school and college + degree if applicable?)

I graduated from Peabody High School, North Shore Community College (twice) Associates Degree and Paralegal Certificate, Salem State University Bachelors in Communications (Professional Writing).

What’s your political background (e.g. elected and appointed number of years, whether you are an incumbent)?

I currently serve on the Rent Control Board, appointed by Mayor Bettencourt in January 2016. I currently do not hold a city elected office, but I’m an elected member of my co-operative community's executive board.

What’s your occupation?

Retail Department Manager

How many years have you lived in Peabody?

Born and raised – 47 years

Questions:

1. Why are you running?

It is something I've always wanted to do, and a change in occupations in 2013 gave me the chance to run for office.

2. What do you see are the biggest issues in Peabody as a whole?

Keeping taxes at reasonable rates, keeping development (and traffic) manageable, controlling health care costs, and maintaining the city's infrastructure.

3. If elected, what will be your priorities?

To always do what's in the best interests of the taxpayers. As members of the City Council, we have a responsibility to the residents to reasonably manage the city's revenue, and look for ways to save taxpayer’s money whenever possible. Also to examine ways we can improve the traffic situation in the city.

4. What about Peabody do you love the most?

The diversity in cultures that exists in our city and our International Festival; Brooksby Farm, and the feel of country in the midst of our bustling city, right up the street from one of New England's largest malls. And the Pride that I think most people who live in Peabody have for their city.


   

New management approved at Smokey Bones and Seawitch

The Licensing Board voted unanimously on Aug. 14 to approve management changes at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill as well as at the Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar, which will be rebranded as Seagrilz.

Michael Sanford will be taking the helm at Seagrilz with 15 years of experience in the food service industry; 14 of those years have been in a general manager capacity. Sanford said he is acutely aware of the dangers involved in over-serving alcoholic beverages. “There’s a lot of late nights, I’ve been very strict with my bartenders,” he said, adding that he has been responsible for as many as 75 employees.

Sanford said he worked at The Continental Restaurant for a number of years as well as at Red’s Kitchen and Tavern for one year as the executive chef, but he was let go for financial reasons. “I was told they couldn’t afford my salary,” he said. In addition, Sanford said he owned a small business for seven years; however, he was forced to close during the recession.

Edwin McKean said he came to Smokey Bones five years ago after eight years with Uno Pizzeria & Grill and has served in a managerial capacity. McKean said he had his work cut out for him after arriving at Smokey Bones. “They were understaffed and poorly trained,” he said, adding that the restaurant’s finances were not any better – “I went through months of unpaid bills.”

But McKean assured the board that those problems have since been eradicated. He also said two bartenders were terminated and late-night programming came to an end as it was “attracting the wrong crowd.” In addition, McKean said the restaurant has passed its last two health inspections with “flying colors.”

He also said he only lives five miles away in Swampscott and will stop by the restaurant unannounced at any time. “I live right up the street, they never know when I’m going to drop in,” he said.

In other news, the board received notification that P.F. Chang’s, formerly of the North Shore Mall, will be selling its liquor license to the mall’s owner, who will then transfer it to the new tenant, Bancroft.

Board members expressed their ongoing frustration with The Peabody Coffee House, saying an application for a change of officers, directors and managers was supposed to be filed as well as a business timeline; however, there has not been any communication from the restaurant, and board members said the establishment’s liquor license has continued to go unused. “This is a no-brainer, they need to come here next meeting,” said Chairman Minas Dakos.

The board is scheduled to meet again on Aug. 28.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Fall 2017 Sports Try-Out Information & Dates

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• All student-athletes must register on-line to be eligible

www.familyid.com/peabody-public-schools-athletics

• Registration for Fall Sports begins on June 1st

• Copy of a valid physical must be turned in no later August 1st to the trainer/athletic office. Please make sure Sport Name is written in top right corner.

Tryout Dates/Times

Football

August 18th

PVMHS

6:00 pm

Soccer – Boys

August 24th

Kennedy Fields

11am – 1pm & 3pm-5pm

Soccer – Girls

August 24th

Kennedy Fields

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Volleyball

August 24th

Higgins MS

9-11 AM – Freshman

11-1 pm – So/Jr/Sr

Golf

August 24th

Meadows

8:00 am

Cross Country

August 24th

PVMHS

Girls @ 9:00 am

Boys @ 9:00 am

Field Hockey

August 24th

PVMHS

4:30 pm

 

Fall 2017 Parent-Athlete-Coach Meeting

September 7th, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

PVMHS Auditorium

 

Participation Fees will be collected – Check/Money Order/On-line

NO CASH ACCEPTED!

 

REMEMBER!

No Physical – No On-line Registration

NO PLAY!

Athlete’s are responsible for their own physicals.

Sports Physical Available by appointment
@  PVMHS Student Health Center 978-536-4720

Any questions please contact – Athletics @ 978-536-4752

   

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